AUTHOR Laura Tolomei
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GENRE: Erotica, Gay LGBT, Ménage à trois, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Shapeshiter, Romance, Holiday, m/m, m/m/f, m/m/m/f, m/m/m/m/m
HEAT: 5 flames
RELEASED: 15 October 2011
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Martine Jardin
He hadn’t expected it. Not at all. And yet there it was, Laurent De Berger’s heart wish was a…impossible! And to think he had done it by the book, have sex in a dusty ghost town saloon with Anthony and Renée on Halloween night, only to find out…no, he still couldn’t believe it! But since there was no going around it, what to do now?
Today was the day! Yes, it was finally here. And he felt great, not even the tiredness that plagued him of late. Tossing aside the sheets, Laurent De Berger took a quick peek out the window. Uff! Same old fastidious blue sky with the glaring sunlight. Dallas's usual weather and today was no different. Parbleu! How can the sun be so bright on the thirty-first of October, practically November? It was beyond him.
Living in the damn city, he missed his Paris drizzle, the cool, if not downright cold falls, with dead leaves clogging street gutters in their range of colors dimming to winter's grayness. Nothing here to mark the passing seasons, no changing hues or temperatures, just the same dreary blue and hot yellow fixture in the sky. Then again, he couldn't do much about either or for being there in the first place.
With a sigh, he remembered how he had come to be an exile from his native country…either that or end up in prison. Well, the choice seemed easy--better Dallas's insufferable weather than seeing comforting gray skies from behind bars. Not his fault French Internal Revenues Department hadn't caught up sooner with call centers or their earnings, realizing only much later how much money they really made. By then Laurent had a flourishing bank account stashed in Switzerland's secreted vaults and wasn't about to give it up for some stupid mistake on the government's part. And to think the business was going great, too. At age twenty-five, he managed one of the most profitable call centers in all of France, something he had started as a way to pass time while searching for a job more in line with his Sorbonne University degree in Economics.
A friend of his asked him to lend a hand in a new sort of enterprise, and Laurent accepted readily. To his surprise, it turned out a gold mine, quite worth the challenge, to the point only three years later he was earning more than his father ever did during his employed life. This, though, didn't mean Laurent was entitled to keep it all, at least according to the French Treasury. Waking up after years of being unaware of the venture's enormous potentials, the newly learned accountants came on to Laurent and requested an outrageous sum of money, claiming huge tax evasions for the entire period the business had run. Well, options seemed limited, but instead of forking over half his bank account, Laurent bought a plane ticket to Montreal and was out of Paris before anyone could lay a finger on him or his money.
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A lot of information given here about the exile and the reason/
Yep, I thought to get it all out there at once, so readers have a clear picture from the start. I know that many authors play it cooler, giving bits of info here and there, but sometimes I find that confusing and it lessens my enjoyment of the book. Thus my open approach.
Hope you approve of it, too, Janet!
I found myself wondering if this mec is a hero or a villain. So far, he’s more of the latter.
Then you just have to keep reading ’cause he turns out to be the hero of the saga 🙂
Yeah, I couldn’t make up my mind about him either. And I invented him LOL
No, actually he’s based on a real person, a Laurent who my husband and I met at Cap d’Age in Southern France and who told us his story. And while he was talking, I added some bits and pieces here and there until I had a Halloween tale all written out. And with a changed Laurent as the protagonist 🙂
Subtle dichotomy between immoral and illegal.
Couldn’t agree more!
Unfortunately, in Europe we have many who don’t mind cutting corners in order to get rich and richer. And sometimes the government isn’t fully on top of things, so misbehaving becomes easier.